Understanding and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (2016)

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Podcast: This webinar is available as podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Live Webinar Air Date: Thursday August 4, 2016 12:00 to 1:30pm ET

Description: This webinar presents some of the core competencies most fundamental to understanding and managing behavioral symptoms associated with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Practical non-pharmacologic interventions for specific behavioral symptoms will be described and the evidence for the risks and benefits of pharmacological interventions will also be reviewed. Most dementias are associated with a range of neuropsychiatric and behavioral disturbances, with as many as 80% to 90% of older adults developing at least one distressing symptom over the course of their illness. The behavioral disturbances in dementia require evaluation of the specific symptoms, including the person’s comfort, the care environment, the caregiver’s needs, and the degree of distress of all those involved in the life of the adult with dementia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define common behavioral changes in progressive dementias and identify characteristics of the person, environmental and other triggers for those behaviors
  • Identify some key issues in effective assessment of behavioral challenges
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of some evidence-based non-pharmacological strategies for preventing or reducing difficult behaviors

Webinar Presenters:

  • Geri Hall, PhD, ARNP, Clinical Nurse Specialist,  Banner Alzheimer's Institute
  • Beth Spencer, MA, LMSW, University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Gregg Warshaw, MD, Professor Emeritus of Geriatric Medicine, University of Cincinnati
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